Fortnightly FOGO collection
Fortnightly FOGO collection (Food Organics, Garden Organics)
Place your green FOGO bin on the kerb before 6am on your collection day.
Call (03) 5568 0555 if:
- Your bin is missing or broken
- You would like to change your service or an extra bin (charges apply).
- Your bin is not collected by 1pm on collection day
The fortnightly FOGO waste collection allows residents to dispose of green waste and organics (such as food scraps). These organics are then composted and used as soil conditioners on farms in the south west.
What can I put in the bin?
- Food scraps, vegetable peels, dairy products
- Green compostable bag liners filled with contents
- Grass clippings, flowers, weeds, leaves
- Small branches and twigs
- Dog droppings / Meat / Fish / Prawn shells
- Coffee grounds, tea bags
- Egg shells, hair, feathers
- Tissues, paper towels, soiled paper for wrapping food
What can’t go in the bin? - If in doubt leave it out and put it in the red landfill bin
- Plastics or glass
- Plastic bags
- Garden post and hoses
- String, twine or wire
- Soil, stones, brick or concrete
- Hazardous or chemical waste
- Stumps, large branches, timber or garden stakes
- Place these items loose in the bin and do not compact as the bin may not empty.
- If you line the bottom of your bin with leaves, lawn clippings are less likely to stick to the bottom.
- Strictly no plastics or other household garbage in this bin as it will reduce the ability of this material to be used for compost.
- Do not place garbage, rocks, stumps, plastic shopping bags, plastics, bricks, building material, nappies, car parts, glass or scrap metal in your green bin.
HOW TO RECYLE USING YOUR GREEN FOGO BIN
- Line the bottom of your bin with leaves, this will help to ensure other green organics do not stick to the bottom of the bin.
- Place items loose in the bin and do not compact as the bin may not empty.
- Put your food waste directly into your kitchen caddy, then empty its contents into the FOGO bin.
- Ensure you use a certified compostable bag or liner with the seeding logo in your kitchen caddy, or wrap your food waste in newspaper.
- Remember - no plastics or other household garbage go in this bin as it will reduce the ability of this material to be used for compost.
Where does your FOGO go?
- All Food Organics & Garden Organics (FOGO) from your home go into your green FOGO bin. This includes things you may not normally compost at home, like pet poo, weed seeds and bones.
- Your FOGO is collected in a truck and taken to a commercial composting facility.
- At the composting facility, contaminants like plastic and glass, have to be picked out by hand, so it’s important to keep them out of your FOGO bin.
- Next, your FOGO is mixed with other organic materials. Then it’s aerated, watered and turned regularly. This process is called pasteurisation. It causes the materials to heat up, killing any plants, seeds, and germs.
- The commercial composting process takes between 6 weeks and 6 months depending on the composting technology used.
- The finished compost is used to grow food, improve soils and rehabilitate land, putting your FOGO to good use.